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Christian Life Spring Strategy

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  1. To win souls

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

  1. Stay Saved

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thessalonians 5:23

  1. Add Souls to the Kingdom

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47

  1. Christian Life Testimonial

From _____________ Life to Christian Life (add personal character before salvation).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

  1. Objective of Christian Life

“Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations” Matthew 28:19a

  1. F.O.C.U.S of Christian Life

Forever Occupied by Christ Undisturbed by Satan. Keep the big picture in mind it’s all about souls the core of Christian Life. Keep your eyes unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2a

  1. Christian Life Conclusion

Prepare to enter your Omega chapter with confidence!

PAWN AND KINGS
The Lord brought about a great victory that day … 2 Sam 23:10
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MOUNTAIN OF HOPE: Call to Apostleship

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team work makes dreams worksI have not called you to administer where there is presently administration.  I have called you to host where there is a scattering of reeds, to be a gatherer where there is no administration.   To go and be where there is dismay to be a standard bearer where there is confusion.  To make the journey where others dare to tread.  So harden your face and soften your heart and the King of Glory shall be your dwelling.  Trust in me and I will make you a great nation, a refuge for the people, from faith to faith, to the mountain of hope from the mountains of praise.  Selah

DISCIPLINE

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Textual Definition:

Mary McLeod Bethune (1905)
Mary McLeod Bethune (1905)

Training that develops and corrects

The Spiritual Discipline unit pages 503 – 565.

Discipline is on page 509 in our textbook.


Scripture: Hebrews 12:10

NASB (New American Standard Version)

For they (earthly fathers) disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

Hebrews 12:10-11

KJV (King James Version)

CHRISTIAN CONCEPTS the MIND OF CAIN II Scorned10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Verbs stressed in bold)


redteacherVocabulary: Discipline is synonymous with chastening

Chasten(ing, ed)

  1. To punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc.); to restrain, moderate
  2. To make chaste; to purify.
  3. To punish or reprimand for the sake of improvement; to discipline.
  4. To render humble or restrained.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/chasten

 

Faith is needed to mature; when disciplined, without bitterness.

(also see Hebrews 12:14-15)


Insights from Dr. Stanley

BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO LIFE'S TOUGH QUESTIONS: Charles Stanley's Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine, Discipline pg. 508
BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO LIFE’S TOUGH QUESTIONS: Charles Stanley’s Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine, Discipline pg. 508

“There is a reticence in the church to talk about discipline.”

Vocabulary: Reticence

  1. tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
  2. a silent and reserved nature

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/reticence

Purposes of reticence in the church could be due to outside influences other than the word of God.

The “Me” generation in the United States is a term referring to the baby boomer generation and the self-involved qualities that some people associated with it. The baby boomers (Americans born during the 1946 to 1964 baby boom) were dubbed the “Me” generation by writer Tom Wolfe during the 1970s; Christopher Lasch was another writer who commented on the rise of a culture of narcissism among the younger generation. The phrase caught on with the general public, at a time when “self-realization” and “self-fulfillment” were becoming cultural aspirations among young people, who considered them far more important than social responsibility. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_generation

Contrast quality of the early church:

“And all that believed were together, and had all things common” Acts 2:44.

Chapel of the Nativity
Chapel of the Nativity

CHURCH SKILLS: A lesson on Discipline when giving

Discipline is needed to enforce conformity when focusing on achieving specific goals.

Example: In a church building fund, a widow’s offering ($5.00) can be looked upon just as a wealthy businessman’s offering ($500).

Even though the larger offering would accomplish more in the long run receiving the poor as the rich is a godly principle and far exceeds regarding individuals more highly because of how much they can give.

 

A bird's-eye view of women dressed all in white for church.
A bird’s-eye view of women dressed all in white for church.

DISPLAYS OF DISCIPLINE:

    1. Parent: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right  Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. ” … (Eph 6:1-3).
  • Teacher: “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him” John 3:2.
  • Supervisors: “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” Matt 25:23.
  • Authorities: …”But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” Romans 13:4. (Judges/steel cell).

  • Holiness is associated to Discipline

“And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine” Leviticus 20:26.

 

RIGHT NOW   New Testament Discipline

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” I Peter 1:16.


The wrong attitude is associated with Defeat

Esau despised (though little of) his birthright consequently he lost it.

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. Hebrews 12:16-17.

Cain refused instruction his response (Gen. 4:7)”Am I my brother’s keeper?”

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine. Tertullian
 

Have a little talk with JesusSpiritual Discipline prepares people to carry the Gospel message

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

Romans 8:14

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

  1. We are to respond to our corrective discipline with the faith that our loving Father is doing what is best.
  2.  We need to respond with the belief that it is for our good
  3.  We are to respond to our discipline with expectancy, not with shock
  4.  We are to respond to our correction with submission
  5.  It is wrong to think God is anger.
  6.  Another wrong response to the chastening of God is to get discouraged and give up.
  7.  The last wrong response the whole thing away


The Expectations of a Disciple of Christ

Correction is for training in our lives so that we may be conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ that we “go therefore and make disciples.”

“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…”

(Revelation 19:10).

Trust in Him!

BECOMING a FORCE OF GOOD: Good is an Action Word

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Bread Day Ministries was established November 2010 with Reginald and Carolyn Boswell distributing bread products and Christian tracts to four Halfway houses, three non-profit organizations and to numerous individual families in Meridianville, Huntsville, and Toney areas of Madison County, AL.
Bread Day Ministries logo established November 2010

The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read “I believe in Good.” I immediately thought that it was a typo which added an o. However, after further examination and thought, I knew I was reading right.  Good is best used as a verb, I thought; as an action, for example as applied when reading about the life of Jesus.  Jesus said. “there is none good but one, that is, God.” (Matt. 10:18).

God is good all time and all the time  God is good.”

As a harmonious symphony combines distinct parts to make a whole, blending in with God should be the goal of every believer.  God is the, I AM. Thus, people should merge with the force of good completing I AM mission statements. When people say negative things about you, never let the things said, deter your mission, but first examine to check the validity of their words.

Jesus went about doing good (Act 10:38).

I am sure people spoke negatively about his motives.  I suggest that the only reference point they could base their judgments were their own consciousness.  Jesus went about doing good.  Jesus was a revolutionary.  We should emulate Him by going about doing good also, and above all having faith in God!  Doing good in the realm of faith pleases God which is God’s plan for man and man’s ultimate goal.

When functioning in cooperation with the CEO of the Universe outer space.enews.buddhistdoor.comnothing shall be held back from any believer. The Heroes of Faith testify of this and the many who have overcome the world through merging with the purposes of God in their lifetime.

Made Good

Conversion from perversion is the ultimate goal of doing well when usefully applied to advance some wholesome purpose. Good is not a degree, but a state of being.  Contrarily, it is unwise to advance evil, but those that do must convert good to evil.  What side are you on?   To remain unchanged is man’s ultimate folly.  Degrees of perversion are not relative in the eyes of God; because, God consistently abides as good but reserves evil for judgment.

Man’s rate of exchange to become acceptable to God.

Time changes matter but does not pervert matter, wrong decisions pervert matter.  Matter later atrophies into states unrecognizable by man but separated by God (i.e. the soul).  The soul is separated by God and the decisions made in the body either perverts the soul or makes one well.  This makes God the Great Judge and mankind subject to either being unchanged or converted good. Since evil cannot become good, evil must be exchanged for good through substitution.  While living after a substitution is made evil must be forsaken and ignored unless it is perverted into evil by the substitute. Thusly, sin was exchanged for righteousness through the Blood of Christ and made available to all. This is orchestrated by the Hand of God who abides eternally good.

GUILT

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A feeling of responsibility or remorse for some real or imagined offense

Source: Clay Bennett Cartoon Archives
Source: Clay Bennett Cartoon Archives


Scripture

Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”


While in Rome

MODERN CHRISTIAN CONCEPTSPaul went through great lengths to explain Righteousness.

ALL ARE LOST WITHOUT GOD! Romans 3:22 -24 (NIV)

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.


MAN’S SOLUTION: (Romans Road)

I. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).

II. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

III. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

IV. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).


Hope

The good news is that God’s program of reconciliation and forgiveness works!


Biblical Figures who had a serious encounter with guilt

1. Judah pronounces a premature judgment then recants … About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” Genesis 38:24
2. David’s dealing with Uriah… “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear” Psalm 38:4 (guilt intensifies when exposed).
3. Jesus… God declared us not guilty through Christ death on the cross. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:46


Four types of Guilt

  • Civil Guilt
    The outcome of violating human law
  • Theological Guilt
    The outcome of violating divine law
  • Psychological Guilt
    The outcome of violating nurture (upbringing violation/perceived guilt)
  • True Guilt
    Real Guilt that leads to constructive sorrow

Guilt is either confronted and dealt with completely or evaded (escapes).

Methods of Escape: (page 120)

  1. “I GIVE UP” Give in to depression, worthlessness and hopelessness
  2. “I’LL SHOW YOU”- Give in to anger
  3. “I’M NOT THAT BAD” Give in to denial

Effects of Guilt: (page 121)guilt images

Feelings of rejection, projection of feelings, inability to say no, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, blame-shifting, loss of intimacy with God, addictions, Indulgences as a result of blackmail and CONDEMNATION CONTRAST WITH CONVICTION

John 15:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”


LESSONS LEARNED

• Spend time in the presence of God and Place Him First!
• Renew Your Mind (Romans 12:1-2),
• Forsake not the Fellowship of the Saints (Hebrews 12:1)


Remorse for wrong doing is an acceptable behavior

GRIEF: (page 113) it’s healthy for men to cry. Tears made during moments of grief contain toxins produced internally. Let Go and Let God: Yet, pay attention to your feelings. Your emotions can be powerful indicators of problems and may serve as an engine light to the human body.

THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS by Dr. Augsburger 1. Face it 2. Confess it 3.Forsake it 4. Live it.

Forsaking your guilt has to do with construction sorrow or repentance. This is the gospel!
To confess your total dependence on the grace of God is to free you to take the next step

BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO LIFE'S TOUGH QUESTIONS: Charles Stanley's Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine: Guilt (pages 118), Unit on Daily Living.
BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO LIFE’S TOUGH QUESTIONS: Charles Stanley’s Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine: Guilt (pages 118), Unit on Daily Living.

“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…” (Revelation 19:10).
Trust in Him!

Israel’s Green Socks

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Israel wearing green sock in E-Block (Marion County Jail, Indianapolis, IN)
Israel wearing green sock in E-Block (Marion County Jail, Indianapolis, IN)

Israel wore one pair of socks for 6 months.  They were green and never stunk.  He had time on his hand so he cleaned them ever chance he got.  Every time he stepped out of his cell, murderers gazed and robbers railed but, he never fell.

As he read the Good Book, he acquired sympathy for the Children of Israel and their wilderness experience.  Israel began to understand why they achieved zero velocity. Going nowhere fast; talking slick but really sick inside.  One day during his 6 month stay he had an epiphany: a sort of a self discovery.  Reflecting back, he thought: “God, had His hand my his life all the time.”  Also realizing that he’ll make little progress, if any with a bitter disposition regardless of circumstance.

His cell mates cheered ecstatically when cops crashed as the evening news reported.  This he wondered about in bewilderment and concluded that their cheers were disguised hostility.  Israel discovered that you can be free while incarcerated and to be bitter inside, even if you have a reason is a tragic experience.  He didn’t want to lose hope as the others.

      Serving time for running from the cops, in contrast to the others who were looking at 35, 65 or 99 years.  Pulled over after the cops noticed his car trunk ajar, he put the petal to the metal.  Afraid they’ll find the open containers and paranoid he sped off.   He was caught tazed and processed all with those same green socks.

Israel wearing green sock in E-Block (Marion County Jail, Indianapolis, IN)
Israel wearing green sock in E-Block (Marion County Jail, Indianapolis, IN)

His green socks never smelled and gained distinction as the one who wore them became known as short timer (an instant target).  With much caution he tryed to understand the authorities who put him with jealous killers.  He knew the authorities were not empathetic to a brown mother who raised him clean.  Israel thought “I hope I can make it out of this alive.”  He knew that his demise would irreparably tear his mother apart.  So what did Israel do while in the fire of this affliction?  He started a gospel choir and it was revealed that he was indeed an evangelist.

Summertime blues
Summertime blues

Those green socks soon became a symbol of inspiration inside the walls of the jail where hope seemed to fail.  An itinerant evangelist was born there that stepped upon the burning coals of affliction, wearing green socks and flip flops striding where free men never crept under constant awareness of being killed the grace of God protected Israel where the price of human life was worth a honey bun.

His green socks never gave, even to his last day of this experience when he saw a peeking toe.  That is how he knew it was time to go.

Taken in Atlantic City NJ (2010)
Taken in Atlantic City NJ (2010)
“For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing” (Deut. 2:7).

MOUNTAINS OF PRAISE A Prophetic Dialogue

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Approaching Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. on Bob Wade, Huntsville AL 35810
Approaching Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. on Bob Wade, Huntsville AL 35810

LORD: The main vapor of your existence lies in me.  The sojourning of your soul is not in vain.  The absolutes are as chaff before me.  Behold the great and mighty city has fallen.  The great shall see it.  As well as the weak. 

Servant: I will behold the great Mountain of Praise.  The ice capped haven for the ave, the clouds on the earth and mist that no man can see.  From without or within the great favor of the Lord has spoken it. 

LORD: Now it is the time to seek me, to hear to beseech.  I will listen to those that gave suck and those who were weaned. 

Servant: The hour draweth night for the sinner and the hope of the just is justified in righteousness for the Lamb of God has spoken it, and I will camp before the Lord who feeds me with good things. (11/18/03)

WARRIOR

Servant:  Not my will but thy will be done.  From sunrise, until a darkness sits upon the earth, you are in control.  There is no one besides thee dearest Jesus.  Allow me to dismantle the images in my life, your ubiquitous in all my affairs.  Whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven and whatever is forbidden on earth is forbidden in heaven.

LORD:  I will answer your petitions and seek your heart for secret prayer.  I will make you a fortress like the mighty warrior with Jeremiah.  I will be there.  Inside of you I have secured my treasure and built a great wall of defense.  The foundation remains that are your confession of me.  I will always be there.

 CONCLUSION:

Remember you are untouchable in the third step.  Just you step and I will do the rest, I am the Lord.   I have beset you around about. (11/05/2004)